LA CASA DE LAS GOLOSINAS De Zoila Quesada R.
BEHIND THE CURTAIN AT LA CASA DE LAS GOLOSINAS
Early morning, in Sra Zoila's kitchen!Sra. Zoila, Marcie, and Gustabo begin filling the hundreds of hoja wraps.
|Huge pots were brought out with specially prepared ingredients.....|
|......and one-by-one each tamale was systematically and generously created. These are Sr. Zoila's to-die-for Tamales De Chancho.|
|Sr. Zoila is an expert tamale wrapper and has been doing so for over 50 years!|
|We watched the perfectly prepared tamales begin to stack up - rows and rows - and then they were carefully placed into large crates and huge steamer pots.|
|Now for the pouring of the freshly melted butter!|
|Sr. Zoila makes her annatto coloring from seed, which she is now adding to her tamale mix. (Top & Bottom Photos)|
|The Sra. carefully and lovingly hand-mixes all of her batches......|
|Sr. Leoncio is checking on their most amazing Arroz Con Leche bebida (Rice Milk Drink). It is warm, sweet, and as if drinking a dessert!|
|Sra. Zoila cracks open a packet of Ecuadorian unsweetened dark chocolate.......|
|.......adds it to a large pot of hot pure whole milk..........|
|......and then hand whisks it until it's melted and blended!|
|The sugar is then added........|
|........and Marci gives it the taste-test and her final stir and approval! It was the best hot chocolate I've ever tasted - truly!!|
|Cafe Tinto is another hot and delicious drink made fresh daily.... (Top and Bottom Photos)|
|At La Casa, choclo is cut in half and the leaves are carefully peeled away ready to be filled as Humitas (sweeter than tamales). Top and Bottom Photos|
|Marci skillfully hand-measures each serving for Guimbolitos (a sweet corn cake and oh so delicious) while Sr. Leoncio looks on.|
When the day's food quota was prepared and ready, Bo and I were ushered away to a table outside, and Sra. Zoila and Sr. Leoncio began to bring us one of everything - hot and freshly steamed. It was truly a feast to behold! We savored everything as such a delicacy, now that we knew how freshly and lovingly prepared each dish was created. The drinks were an added treat, and by the time we had cleaned our plate sipped our drinks, and licked our lips - WE WERE STUFFED!! We felt so honored to be invited into their kitchen to begin with, and now doubly-honored to be treated with such kindness as they served us and smiled while we savored each bite. It was another wonderful "Ecuadorian" experience, and we now have another Ecuadorian family whom we can visit and enjoy. I look forward to sharing these photos and a CD of the video Bo recorded with Sra. Zoila and Sr. Leoncio the next time we need our Tamale fix, which will be SOON.
|Top Left and clockwise - Quimbolito, Humita, and Tamale De Chancho are 60 cents each - REALLY!! If you've never eaten here, YOU MUST! Tell Sr. Zoila Linda (Leen-dah) sent you........|